LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – Alzheimer’s is a long, agonizing disease, painful for both the patient and their family.
Two Kentucky women who lost their own loved ones to Alzheimer’s are now travelling around and providing a little comfort to people battling the disease in a time it’s needed the most.
Bonded by a common loss, Sandy Cambron and Shannon Blair deliver joy.
Each of them watched Alzheimer’s steal away the woman they once knew. For Sandy, it was her mother-in-law Pearl. Devastated and lonely after having to move from her home, Sandy and her husband wanted to bring her some comfort.
“We were out shopping one day and I grew up loving baby dolls and I said ‘you know what let’s buy her a baby doll,'” explained Sandy.
She said the change was immediate and after Pearl passed away, Sandy and her husband began delivering more babies to Alzheimer’s patients.
“Once I put it in their arms, they naturally just pull it up to them, I think it’s just something of their own,” said Sandy.
Shannon saw the same success with her mother and after posting a video fo an interaction online, the idea took off and Pearl’s Memory Babies was born.
Now the pair travels all over delivering the dolls to Alzheimer’s patients. The visits are therapeutic for both women as they watch strangers smiling.
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